The Premier League can be a cruel place for struggling managers and the first to get sacked is a great market to get in on early with some interesting prices!

The Premier League season is nearly upon us and it’s key to get off to a good start otherwise it could be a long season ahead. Owners of Premier League clubs aren’t renowned for being the most patient and if a team isn’t doing well, they will make changes.

Last season, there were four sackings in total. Slaven Bilic was the first of which to lose his job at West Brom, on December 16th. West Brom were struggling, but the change would make not a lot of difference as they would go on to be relegated anyway!

Sacking managers is an expensive task and clubs need to be sure things need to change before, or that they don’t have a long contract left and sacking them won’t break the bank! Hopefully, none will be handed as badly as Brighton when they sacked Gus Poyet!

Premier League Sack Race 2021/22 Odds (Betfair)

Mikel Arteta – EVS

The Arsenal manager struggling this season, with just one win from four games. This came against bottom of the table side Norwich in a 1-0 win thanks to a mistake from Krul in goal. Their three losses have been very poor performances and has caused the pressure to start mounting on the manager. The biggest thing has not just been the performances but the manner of the defeats.

Arteta has been in charge for nearly two years now. Both of his seasons in charge have ended with eighth place finishes which for a club who consistently had top four under Wenger, isn’t good enough. Arteta has two years left on his contract, so getting rid of him wouldn’t be to financially costly. If results keep going poorly, the Spanish manager could be looking for a new job before the end of the year.

Xisco – 7/2

Xisco has only been in management since the start of last season and has already worked his way into the Premier League. He took over at Watford in December 2020, joining from Dinamo Tbilisi. He hasn’t got a lot of experience and in the Premier League, this can be key.

Watford as a club aren’t afraid to make managerial changes, having done seven in the last three years. They have lost their last three games in a row in the Premier League, scoring no goals in the process. Given he doesn’t have the best track record, we can’t see Watford being too patient with him and if a change is needed, one will be made to try and keep them up.

Steve Bruce – 9/1

Despite keeping them up last season, fans still aren’t taken on Steve Bruce. Many of them have called for him to be sacked throughout last season and now that fans will be back in the ground it could be a long season for him.

Newcastle haven’t won once in four games so far this season and fans are still wanting a change in charge. The squad they have should be doing a lot better and it appears that Bruce isn’t getting the best out of his side. With fans in back in the ground now, pressure will mount on the board to make a decision if the form doesn’t change.


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